Summary: I had read reviews on this camera on CNET and was intrigued by all the features it had. Did some research and bought it here at Amazon. The first night I received my order I took many shots of a park and walking trail. I tried every feature and setting to try to find "true" color representation.
Excerpt: Rather disappointed..I am an amateur, but comparing the previous Sony model I had DSC W-170 and this one I must say it’s far from sth I would expect from Sony. Since models are 2 years apart it’s appropriate to expect better images, better speed (even though one has 5x zoom and another one 10x),...
Excerpt: After comparing this camera to the Canon SX200, SX210, and Panasonic ZS7, I decided to purchase this one. I got my hands on all of these cameras at the local camera shop before making my final decision and spent many hours reading about the features that they all offered.
A Highly Versatile P&S camera that falls just a tad short
Curtis Fung, Amazon
7 June 2010
Summary: I've been looking for an ultra-zoom compact camera that takes great pictures out of the camera and double as a serviceable camcorder, the HX5V fits the bill, but does it deliver? Let's find out.
Excerpt: My first and last Sony camera. GPS works so-so, but it is a cool feature for the price. Included combo USB and video cable is ludicrous, very cumbersome and awkward. the camera has a propriety plug on it instead of a mini USB. I use my card reader and bypass using the supplied software.
Summary: I bought this camera after seeing the NY Times review of new low-light compact cameras, because I need to take pictures indoors just about every day, and I was hoping to be able to avoid using a flash. In general I have to say it's been a good purchase.
Sony hx5v - conveniences and function are overcome by poor image quality
Rick in Virginia, Amazon
19 April 2010
Summary: I have been looking for a new P&S for a while and compared the Sony hx5v v. Canon sx210is v. Panasonic zs3 (as a prelude to the zs7). The most important consideration was image quality - followed closely by convenience, a well defined menu system, lens quality, fit and finish and pocketability.
My pocket friendly Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V with great features
2 January 2014
Excerpt: I love this camera even when its that small, the quality of picture and video it produces still amazes me.This camera is pocket friendly as well. It has got many features namely; GPS inbuilt which automatically records when and where you shoot photos and videos, I don't need to carry a Compass...
Pros: very good picture quality in all conditions, good video quality, wide aperture,
Cons: was only given 10mega pixels, GPS feature only helpful when you are on internet
Summary: just got the camera a couple of days ago. so far so good, the reason why i have given this cute little camera a 3 star is because: Sony is using a proprietary USB/video combi cable, the cable used is a clunky and adds about 30% to the bulk of the camera.